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Westerville: Grocery store pharmacy robbed of opiates March 24

A man implying he had a gun robbed the pharmacy inside Kroger, 55 W. Schrock Road, just before midnight March 24, Westerville police reported. He made off with a variety of opiates valued at nearly $3,000.

The suspect slid a note to the only pharmacy attendant working at the time, police reports said. The note said that he had a gun, and told the employee to hand over the contents of the pharmacy's safe or he would shoot him. "Sorry you are alone, but I am not," the robber's note said, police reported.

The employee described the the suspect as white, about 5-foot-10, with red hair and dark eyes.

The drugs stolen included hydromorphone, hydrocodone and oxymorphine, all in fairly small quantities, worth a combined $2,756.

Security video from the store shows the man leaving Kroger and getting into the driver's seat of a green minivan, which exited the lot before police could arrive. There have been no arrests in the case.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

• The Tan Pro at 127 Westerville Plaza was robbed by a man who threatened an employee with a handgun at 10:50 a.m. March 30.

The suspect ordered the employee to empty cash from the register and hand it to him, and fled the scene on foot.

The robber was described as a thin white man about 5-foot-9, with dark eyes. He wore a hooded camouflage jacket, jeans and brown work boots.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call 614-882-7444.

• After a driver honked at a man for cutting him off in the parking lot of McDonald's, 40 S. Cleveland Ave., the aggravated motorist followed the other driver into the restaurant and started a physical altercation that ended when the man who was honked at pulled a gun. He left shortly after the altercation.

Officers tracked the man based on a description of his vehicle, and arrested him for aggravated menacing and inducing panic. The incident happened at 8 a.m. March 26.

• While the residents were on vacation, a house in the 1100 block of Three Forks Drive was broken into. Reports said a brick was thrown through the home's sliding glass door.

The homeowner was not able to identify what was missing while out of town, but a safe filled with personal papers was disturbed and dresser drawers and cabinets opened and rifled through, police discovered.

• A woman was arrested March 23 for stealing a bra from a store in the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard.

Reports said she entered a changing room with three bras, and an employee entered the room to find two bras and a tag for the third shortly after she left. The woman was stopped in the parking lot and admitted to the theft. She was arrested and given a summons to appear in Westerville Mayor's Court.

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